When you visit your dentist, you’re probably used to them asking you questions about your oral hygiene habits and tooth pain or sensitivity. However, your appointment is also an ideal time to ask your dentist questions about your oral health. If you aren’t sure what to ask, here are five questions to bring up at your next appointment.
1. How can I improve my tooth-cleaning routine?
While you’re at your dentist’s office, it’s the perfect time to ask your dentist if there’s anything else you can be doing to improve your oral health routine. Most dentists recommend brushing and flossing twice a day, but there might be specific habits that could benefit the unique needs of your teeth, gums, and mouth.
2. Do I need any treatments or procedures?
After the dentist or hygienist has cleaned your teeth, your dentist will inspect your mouth to look for any complications. This is an ideal time to ask if there are any treatments or procedures your dentist recommends, even if they are preventative or cosmetic.
You can also ask follow-up questions to find out what to expect during a recommended procedure or how long it will take.
3. How can I whiten my teeth?
Many patients want to know how to obtain bright, white smiles. Your dentist might not bring up cosmetic procedures like tooth whitening, so make sure to ask if you’re interested. After all, the whitening treatments you can get from your dentist are much more effective than the versions you can buy in stores.
4. Is there a way to fix misaligned, misshapen, or missing teeth?
It’s common to have a few teeth that are crooked or even misshapen. You might even have teeth that have been damaged or lost due to trauma or severe decay. Bring up concerns with your dentist to learn about your cosmetic options, such as crowns and veneers, or restorative treatments, such as dental implants or dentures.
5. How can I prevent gum disease?
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a common disease that develops with poor oral hygiene and a build-up of bacteria in the mouth over time. It is still the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, especially when left untreated. Ask your dentist what you can do to prevent gingivitis and periodontitis, so your mouth and teeth stay healthy.
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